It is a businesses duty to train all staff on secure disposal of confidential data in order to reduce the risk of confidential data breaches.
Anyone who processes personal information must comply with Data Protection Act which make sure that personal information is:
- Fairly and lawfully processed
- Processed for limited purposes
- Adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Accurate and up to date
- Not kept for longer than is necessary
- Processed in line with your rights
- Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection
Recent breach in secure disposal of confidential data
In recent news The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) had to take action after an estate agent continued to leave papers containing personal information on the street despite a previous warning. Further research into the breach brought to light that staff within the business were unaware of their duty to protect confidential information and how to dispose of the data lawfully.
Staff had left the papers on the street which were stored in transparent bags, therefore the information was clearly visible to anyone who walked past. The ICO warned the company that it must improve its compliance with the Data Protection Act by disposing of the information securely.
How Shred Pro can help with secure disposal of confidential data
Shred Pro is a professional confidential shredding company offering a secure shredding service. Shred Pro can visit you at your convenience and securely destroy your private data, thus ensuring you have peace of mind, knowing your company’s information has been destroyed and recycled professionally and efficiently. Our shredders destroy information 40x faster than office shredders thus saving time and money. The efficiency and speed of our service ensures your data is disposed of suitably and means you can continue your day business. Shred Pro issue a certificate of destruction upon completion confirming that the data has been destroyed to industry standards.